Dr. Thomas Childs

Chair of Music Foundations and Instructor of Music Theory, Interlochen Arts Academy


D.M.A., Composition, Michigan State University; M.M., Music Theory, Michigan State University; M.M., Composition, Duquesne University; B.M., Songwriting, Berklee College of Music

A composer interested in the collision of popular and classical music, Childs seeks to find a balance of accessibility and complexity to interest a broad spectrum of listeners. His diverse experiences range from studio and live work in Nashville and Boston to solo compositions for hardanger fiddle to chamber and orchestral works. The inflections of jazz and pop in his work create music that is hopefully as fun for you to listen to as it is for him to write.

Childs' works have been performed from Pittsburgh to Paris. He has had pieces performed by the Grammy-winning group eighth blackbird, Tala Rasa Percussion, and Alia Musica. A winner of the Michigan State University Honors Composition Award, his works have been featured at the International Clarinet Association Symposium and the Interlochen Shakespeare Festival. Dr. Childs also enjoys multi-discipline collaboration.